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My Mum’s Prized Butter Tarts

This recipe was on our old web-site and we’ve had lots of requests for it to be reposted on the new site.  It was one of my Mum’s best recipes and she always made the tarts at Christmas time or when I went back to England to visit.  They were a special treat. (Butter tarts are…

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Apple-Green Tea Cocktail

  Ingredients: 10 heaped teaspoons green tea 2-1/2 cups water ½ cup ice Hard cider Vodka Apple slices for garnish Blue sugar for garnish Heat 1 cup of the water until nearly boiling. Add the tea and let steep for five minutes. Strain the tea over the remaining 1-1/2 cups of water and add ½…

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Earl Grey Chocolate Truffles

Looking for the perfect gift for a friend or family member?  Earl Grey Chocolate Truffles are so easy to make and delectable to eat. INGREDIENTS 2/3 cup heavy cream 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces and softened 2 heaped teaspoons loose Earl Grey tea leaves 6 oz fine-quality bittersweet chocolate (not unsweetened), chopped…

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Pumpkin Scones

pumpkin scones

This month’s recipe is for pumpkin scones with a caramel drizzle.  This scone is a good spicy, sweet treat in the morning with a hearty breakfast tea or as an after-dinner dessert. Many people think of pumpkins as little more than a Halloween decoration or a Thanksgiving pie filling. It’s time to rethink this plump,…

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How To Store Tea

If you are buying expensive teas and not storing them properly …. You are wasting your money. Teas that are vacuum-packed or in sealed tins have a life of about two years. Once opened, it should be stored in an opaque, air-tight container and kept in a dry, dark place as light and heat will interfere…

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How To Make Scotch Eggs

Fortnum & Masons, the famous London department store, claims to have invented Scotch eggs. In the 1730s, Fortnum’s had to create foods to suit its wealthy customers, whose far-flung country estates could only be reached by long-distance coach rides. Portable snacks were in demand, so Fortnum’s came up with a number of ideas, including wrapping…

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Millionaire’s Shortbread From Hunny Bee Vintage


Judging from the rave reviews of the customers of Hunny Bee Vintage in Lowestoft, Suffolk, England, this has to be their favorite dessert.  Former policeman from Glasgow, Scotland, and now baker extraordinaire, Alan Condie was very kind enough to share his recipe with us. (The clue to the richness of this recipe is in the name.)…

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Yorkshire Teacakes

In spite of the name, the Yorkshire teacake is also found in Lancashire where it is equally popular. Teacakes are not “cakes.” They are fruited and lightly spiced sweet yeast buns. Cut them in half through the middle and pop them under a broiler, only toast on the cut side . . . and then…

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Tea-Marbled Eggs

Cháyèdán or tea marbled eggs are Chinese fast food. Enjoyed for centuries, tea eggs are great hot or cold, savored on a plate or eaten on the run. The eggs are a cheap snack sold all around China and Taiwan and can be found around the clock at street stalls and convenience stores. They are…

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Hot Tea Toddies

Warm and toasty, ideal for cold and snowy days, the Hot Toddy is a classic hot drink. Most black and green teas mix well with honey and lemon, but from there it’s a personal preference. The hot toddy – that age-old cold remedy – really does work wonders at helping you recover from a virus!…

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